New applications via the WSE counter Foreign nationals who are legally residing in Belgium can submit as of the 1st of January 2022 their application for a new professional card via the WSE counter. This means that you are no longer required to apply for a professional card via an embassy or a business counter. Those who are still abroad or want to renew an existing professional card should, for the time being, follow the current procedure, pending the further roll-out of the WSE counter.
Admission requirements With the introduction of admission requirements, proposals from a high-tech company will be assessed differently than proposals from a sport coach. These admission requirements will enable the Department of Work and Social Economy (WSE) to determine whether the proposal delivers innovative, economic, sporting, artistic or cultural added value for Flanders.
Administrative simplification For each category of business, an overview is provided of all evidences that are required to submit the application correctly. If desired, you can ask a mandatory to apply for your professional card. You will receive a final decision within 120 days. If the decision is positive you can, on payment, consult your professional card digitally or download it.
Updated appeal procedure You can lodge an appeal against a negative decision. In that case, experts in various policy areas will be consulted for an opinion on the file. They assess the potential added value of the proposal for Flanders in the areas of economy, innovation, sport and culture.
Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the Expat Centre Limburg team by email firstname.lastname@example.org OR the WSE department by email: email@example.com or by phone on Monday or Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at number 02/553 08 80.